Did you know that Zircon actually exists in a variety of colours including greenish-blue, yellow, brown and white (aka colourless)?
Electric blue colour, however, is the most popular and widely available.
It also happens to be one of my favourite gemstones!
Blue Zircon is a December birthstone, along with Tanzanite (more on that gorgeous stone next week).
Whether you are a December baby or not, I'm sure blue zircon grabbed your attention with its unique colour. It is the perfect one-of-a-kind addition to any jewellery box.
It also has a history that goes back 4.4 billion years!
Let's take a look at some fun facts about this wonderful gem:
In the Middle Ages zircon was believed to send one off into a deep sleep and scare off evil spirits
Colourless zircon is often mistake for a diamond
Zircon typically has very few inclusions
As zircon is a denser material than diamond, a 1 carat zircon will look smaller than a 1 carat diamond
Blue zircon was very popular during Victorian Era and is often seen in estate jewellery
Zircon found in Australia is considered to be one of the oldest minerals on earth, estimated at 4.4 billions years old
Is Zircon the same thing as Cubic Zirconia?
People often confuse the two due to their similar sounding names.
Zircon (below) is a natural stone found in nature.
Cubic Zirconia is a synthetic / lab created / man-made stone. It has completely different properties and is much less valuable.
The majority of zircon comes from Madagascar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam and Australia.
Blue zircon is fairly abundant and is available in a large variety of shapes and sizes making it perfect for large statement pieces such as cocktail rings as well as smaller jewellery items.
Blue zircon is much more affordable than diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and alexandrite.
Many of my clients are pleasantly surprised by how affordable blue zircon really is.
Other gorgeous blue gems include aquamarine and blue topaz. However these two won't have that same sparkle as blue zircon.
Due to its unique properties, blue zircon shows more brilliance and fire than other gemstones.
Pro Tip: To keep your jewellery sparkling like brand new, make sure to keep it clean!
Learn how to clean your jewellery in 4 Easy Steps here
Blue Zircon Birthstone
Blue zircon is also known for the following traits:
brings stability and strength of mind
encourages positive energy and positive behaviour
helps achieve one’s goals
Do you know what powers and qualities your birthstone holds?
Visit my previous post titled Beauty and Power to find out!
In terms of hardness, blue zircon scores a 6.5 - 7 out of 10 on Moh's scale.
With sapphires and rubies at 9 and diamonds at 10, these can scratch your blue zircon if not stored properly or if they rub against each other.
I wouldn't recommend it for an engagement ring but it makes a great option for "occasional wear" rings and other jewellery such as pendants and earrings.
Pro Tip: don't shy away from adding this unique gemstone to your collection, just be careful while wearing it.
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